Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS), Research and Implementation Center (RIC)

Starting to Sustaining – Session A

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Starting to Sustaining – Session A

October 17, 2019, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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Who Should Attend?

Strand 1: Cohort 6 division teams and any cohort 1-5 division team that needs to revisit the DIDM strand
Strands 2 or 3: Cohort 5 and any cohort 1-4 division team that has not participated in that strand previously
Strand 5: All cohorts

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Session Information Thursday,
October 17
Check-in Start: 8:30 a.m.
Session Start: 9:30 a.m.
Session Ends: 4:00 p.m.
Meals Provided: Lunch

How to Register:

Attendees will choose and register for one strand only at the registration site. The deadline for registering is Thursday, October 10, 2019, OR when the maximum number of registrations has been reached.

Please contact Jennifer Weatherly with any questions about registration at (804-828-1482) or .

As a professional courtesy, if you are unable to attend, please either cancel your registration through Eventbrite OR contact us as soon as possible at

Special Instructions – Please read!!

If you have ADA or other non-dietary needs, we need at least 2 weeks advanced notice in order to provide them. Please contact Jennifer Weatherly at (804-828-1482) or to make such a request.

This training is for pK-12 educational professionals in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We reserve the right to cancel registrations of individuals who do not meet this criteria.

Photographs and/or videos may be taken at this event to be used in a photo gallery, either on the VTSS -RIC or VDOE websites, or in a display via social media sources. If you do not want to be included in photos or videos, please contact us at .

Certificates of Attendance will be distributed at the conclusion of the training. We do not issue formal Continuing Educational Units (CEUs).

General Session

We know strong, committed division and school leadership is key to improving student academic, behavioral and social-emotional outcomes. Leadership is also essential to fostering meaningful family/school partnerships. Our opening session focuses on opportunities for strengthening leadership of family engagement within VTSS. Division teams will identify and explore specific leadership strategies that contribute to building a climate of strong partnership that results in improved student outcomes.

Learning Intentions

  • Explore where and why differences between school staff and community demographics and cultural assumptions may create barriers to meaningful family and community engagement.
  • Increase familiarity with proven strategies to address the unique challenges to effective school/family partnerships in multi-tiered systems of supports.
  • In teams, name engagement strategies Division leaders will start, continue and stop in their individual communities to strengthen and measure family engagement.

Materials and more information

Strand 1: Data-Informed Decision Making

Division leadership teams will develop effective data-informed decision-making systems starting with the development of an integrated data dashboard and efficient data meeting structures for division and school use.

Learning Intentions

  • Complete data audit.
  • Develop action items within the implementation plan to provide division leadership team(s) and building-level teams with access to an integrated data dashboard (Matrix 2.A) that includes fidelity AND student outcome data.
  • Integrate action items that include professional learning for SLT in the use of an integrated data collection system.
  • Select or revise a clear process for data-informed decision making with a focus on teaching and learning (Matrix 2.B).
  • Apply a problem of practice to the established data-informed decision-making process via case study and reflection.

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Strand 2: Academic Alignment

Participants will review the roles of the Division Leadership Team in supporting an aligned academic structure at the division and school levels, develop an assessment inventory, and understand the selection process for universal screening instruments. They will explore the process of implementing a universal screening system.

Learning Intentions

  • Review the responsibilities of the Division Leadership Team to align all supports, with a focus on academic supports, within a VTSS structure.
  • Understand the process of developing a division assessment inventory.
  • Develop an aligned template for a data dashboard.
  • Review the purposes and key components of universal screeners and discuss how divisions/schools use these data to improve instruction.
  • Understand the elements of the screening process.
  • Explore communicating with families regarding the assessment process and use of data for making decisions.

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Strand 3: Advanced Tiers

Session A will focus on divisions understanding what advanced tiers support looks like in their schools and how they can support that work at the division level.

Learning Intentions

  • Review the Data-Informed Decision-Making process in the context of making instructional decisions for Advanced Tiers implementation. (Matrix 2.B)
  • Analyze current definitions of each tier and design aligned operational definitions for multi-tiered supports across domains for efficient implementation. (Matrix 1.F)
  • Organizing collaboration with school teams to determine the fidelity and effectiveness of the meeting structures used for data-informed decision making (2.C)

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Strand 5: Family Engagement

In this session, participants review key data on family perceptions and participation for planning and implementation as well as link family engagement to student indicators. With this work, we will begin to develop a vision for family and community engagement.

Learning Intentions

  • Identify the value of, and strategies for collecting key data on family perceptions and participation.
  • Identify linkages of family and community engagement efforts to student indicators.
  • Identify strategies for engaging families and community partners in data-based planning and implementation of systems and practices.
  • Develop or refine a vision for family and community engagement based on currently collected, or needed, data.

Materials and more information

Lodging and Event Details:

Location: Holiday Inn Newport News – Hampton
Reservations link: Reserve through this link by entering a check-in/check-out dates of October 16/17
Reservations by phone: 1-800-465-4329; identify as “VCU – School of Education” with group code of VCU
Deadline to make reservations: September 30
Reservations cancellation deadline: Refer to your reservation confirmation email.
Date(s) of room block: October 16, 2019
State Per Diem rate: $96 (plus tax)
Parking: Free
Check-in/Check-out: 3 pm/12 pm (noon)

All attendees are responsible for all travel expenses, including lodging and mileage.

VDOE/VTSS blocked rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity has been reached. Once the block is full, additional rooms cannot be added. All attendees are responsible for all travel expenses, including lodging and mileage.The applicable state rate on the date of check-in is offered for single, double, triple or quad overnight room accommodations.

You must guarantee your reservation with your personal/school credit card.

If you find you cannot attend the event, you must cancel the lodging reservations the day prior to arrival to avoid being charged one night’s room + taxes. Rooms that are not canceled in time on the day prior to arrival (“no shows”) will be billed to your personal/school credit card.

Checking in: Important Information

A credit card and I.D. are required at check-in. A deposit hold will be placed on the credit card in an amount to cover the anticipated room, tax and incidental charges.

SPECIAL NOTICE: At the time of check-in, the use of a debit card will initiate an immediate deduction from the account associated with the card. The charges that will be immediately deducted from the account will be the amount of the full stay, plus a possible additional fee per night for any incidentals. Upon check-out, any unused funds will be credited back to the applicable account. Based upon the bank, it may take three to five days, or even longer, to process this transaction to the account.


October 17, 2019
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Holiday Inn – Newport News/Hampton
980 Omni Blvd
Newport News, VA 23606 United States


(804) 828-1482